July 4th grill and a holiday story from 137 years ago: Suffrage Centennial Special

Image: Library of CongressIt’s a mulit-tasking feat to run from the computer to the back yard to greet friends and at the same time finish this Fourth of July posting. Tomorrow it’s old news that 137 years ago on July 4th, suffrage activists traveled to Philadelphia to be part of the nation’s celebration of the Declaration of Independence. It was too good of an opportunity to make the point that the American Revolution was far from finished as far as women were concerned. They asked permission to be part of the program and were refused. Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote about the holiday in vivid detail in her memoir. This is Part I read by Suffrage Wagon’s own reader, Amelia Bowen, who says this is one of her favorite readings. I’m turning up the volume as I’m counting out paper plates, cups, tableware, and napkins on their way to the picnic table. Part II: coming soon! Happy 4th of July!

Here’s the link to the six-minute reading in Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s own words.

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4 responses to “July 4th grill and a holiday story from 137 years ago: Suffrage Centennial Special

  1. What about the other manifestations of the women’s movement? I see a connection between the different waves. There’s a lot of encouragement for us to forget it. But we’re not buying in.

  2. What was on the menu on the 4th?

  3. Jamie Dillard

    Hi! I’ve been reading your web site for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston, Texas! Keep up the great work!

  4. The reading by Elizabeth Cady Stanton is very informative and inspiring. I am astounded by how much I was never taught in school about the women who were so important in shaping the history of this country

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